After the surface of a wide and narrow
basketry shield was woven, the shield
maker attached it to a wooden frame.
On the backside, a wooden board was
sewn on with rattan strips to serve as
as handle. The shields of great warriors
were decorated with distinct patterns
to distinguish between friend and foe.
There are a number of different tribes in this area who all used similar shields, having the characteristic Mongo double rattan rods that run alongside the midrib, providing additional strength.
Height: 45" x Width: 16"